Week ending 6th November

  • Our congratulations go out to Aminah Rahman who has been nominated for a national poetry prize. More details can be found by following this link: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Awards-season-Cambridge-schoolgirl-poet-Aminah/story-28107804-detail/story.html#1
  • Some sporting news: rugby tournament finalists! The Year 7 rugby team progressed all the way to the final of the Cambridge District Schools’ Tournament this week.  The team lost narrowly in the final, after showing a great combination of skill and team play; well done to all involved!
  • Hockey tournament finalists! The Year 8 hockey team matched the performance of the Year 7 rugby team. They progressed through some tough preliminary fixtures, before finally missing out in the final.  Many commented on the high quality of play. Our B team finished third in the competition.
  • It is always good to hear about how well former Chesterton students are doing. In the news this week was Amira Haque, who left in 2011, as she has won this year’s ‘Cambridgeshire Young Person of the Year Award’. She won the award for her voluntary work campaigning for environmentally sustainable living, healthy relationships and community integration. Two links are listed below:
  • http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridgeshire-Young-Person-Year-announced/story-28116258-detail/story.html
  • http://www.youngpeopleoftheyear.org/subsite.php?site=cambridgeshire’15
  • Interestingly another former student, Sam Carvalho won the award in 2013.
  • Our Year 8 project students, who experience a range of curriculum opportunities focused on broadening cultural experiences, celebrated Bonfire Night by learning how to safely build, light and extinguish a bonfire. They also toasted some marshmallows on the fire!
  • We were delighted this week to invite an inspirational speaker from the charity “Power to Inspire” to speak to our Y11 students. John Willis is missing all his limbs and despite this has gone on to be a successful sportsman and millionaire consultant. Starting in Cambridge, Power2Inspire is creating “PowerHouses”: places to learn and play inclusive, adapted and integrated sports across the UK. The charity believes that sport has the power to transcend boundaries, challenge perceptions and raise aspirations.
  • As always it was lovely to see our group of senior citizens who join us once a month for a roast dinner. If you are aware of any members of our community who would enjoy being invited, please do pass on their names so that we can extend an invitation.
  • This week we held our Y11 Parent Information Evening, giving last minute tips about revision prior to the mocks. For those of you who were unable to attend there are short video clips from the Heads of core subjects and our Director of E-learning, reiterating the key messages from the evening, on our website.
  • Next week we are also pleased to be hosting, for some Y11 students, small group seminars with the Admissions’ Tutor from Fitzwilliam College. She will be emphasising the importance of GCSE grades as a focus for university entry now that AS levels can no longer be used.
  • Also this week we held our Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening. This is an opportunity for Year 7 parents to catch up with the form tutor to see how their child has settled and also to review attitude to learning grades. It was a very positive evening and it was lovely to see so many parents there. Our thanks also go to the PTA who provided cheese and wine for the evening and sold second-hand uniform.
  • Next week we have a Parent Forum on the 10th. As usual this will be in the library from 5pm until 6pm; we look forward to seeing you there.
  • On Thursday next week we have our GCSE Awards Ceremony. It will be lovely to welcome back the Y11 students who did exceptionally well last year.
  • Another date for next week is Friday’s Children In Need Non-Uniform day; last year we were the school nationally who raised the highest amount of money, so we will aim to do the same again this year! Also on the day we will be welcoming our local MP, Daniel Zeichner, who will be joining us for a tour of the school and a Q and A session with our house council.
  • We invite parents of all nationalities to join us on Friday November 27th at 12.30 for our annual meal out. It will be at CB2 in Cambridge. If you would like further details, please contact Sarah Adams who runs the ESOL café.

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